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Fact check on US Border Patrol Agents’ Union support for Ted Budd

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The union representing most Border Patrol agents has backed US Rep. Ted Budd in his bid for North Carolina’s open Senate seat.

But is the congressman’s campaign exaggerating that endorsement? in an advertising campaign?

THE CLAIM: The on-screen words state that Budd was “backed by the National Border Patrol Council,” while the narrator says Budd is “backed by the border patrol.”

THE FACTS: The point is that what you see is more accurate than what you hear.

The words displayed on the screen are correct: The National Border Patrol Council, which represents about 18,000 of the government agency’s approximately 20,000 employees, has endorsed Budd.

In 2016, the council broke with tradition of supporting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. Trump endorsed Budd for the Senate in this year’s election.

A statement published on Budd’s campaign website Brandon Judd, the council’s president, explains the approval by saying the congressman “has the backbone to get in there and fight for a secure border.”

“We face many challenges and we know that Ted Budd will help us and will not let us down,” Judd said in the statement.

Judd did not respond to an email from CBS 17 News requesting an interview.

But the narrator who says Budd is “backed up by border patrol” might mislead the viewer.

The US Border Patrol – part of US Customs and Border Protection – not only hasn’t backed anyone, they can’t.

“It is unlawful for members, senior members of the executive branch, to hold positions in political campaigns,” said Dan Bowling, a Duke University law professor and union expert. “So we’re dealing with a different animal here.”

Jonathan Felts, a senior adviser to the Budd campaign, said the wording had to do with timing.

“The ad is worded the way it’s worded because we only have 30 seconds to get everything in,” he said.

I asked if he was concerned it might appear as if the confirmation came from the agency itself. Felts’ email response was dripping with sarcasm as he called it a “true First World issue.”

“If you’re a Democrat trying to get people to talk about anything other than Joe Biden’s record-breaking inflation and runaway gas prices, you’re concerned about the real first-world problem of how people deal with political TV ads seeing their eyes closed could be impaired,” he said. “Or what would happen if a blind person…watched TV?”

The ad begins with video of someone coming down the border barrier while the narrator lists a number of criticisms of the Biden administration: “Open borders. Crime. drugs. Worst president ever.”

But the video used to criticize Biden actually dates from 2019 — when Donald Trump was president.

The video was originally posted on the Twitter account of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency in Arizona on January 23, 2019 and shows the patrol arresting more than 100 people from Central America who had scaled the wall.

Felts quipped that “we were concerned that using Joe Biden Disaster on the Border footage would spook viewers unprepared for an R-rated cinematic experience,” but that “we knew some lame-stream -media guys would argue about it”.

He added that “we used the 2019 footage because it conveys the issue but hopefully doesn’t scare NC working families.”

https://www.cbs17.com/news/north-carolina-news/fact-checking-the-backing-of-ted-budd-by-union-for-us-border-patrol-agents/ Fact check on US Border Patrol Agents’ Union support for Ted Budd

DUSTIN JONES

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